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Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile photo USS Gridley / US Navy

Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile photo USS Gridley / US Navy

 

SAN NICOLAS ISLAND, Calif., Oct. 6 (UPI)

 

The U.S. Navy's networked Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile has demonstrated new capabilities in a special test conducted with missile-maker Raytheon. In the test, a missile was launched from the destroyer USS Gridley carrying a camera, and captured battle damage indication imagery and then transmitted the image to fleet headquarters with a two-way UHF SATCOM datalink. The missile then engaged in a loiter pattern to await further instructions. Strike controllers at the U.S. Fifth Fleet headquarters in Bahrain retargeted the missile to a new aim point on a Navy range off the coast of California, which it successfully struck.

 

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A truck is disabled by a Lockheed Martin laser weapon. Photo Lockheed Martin

A truck is disabled by a Lockheed Martin laser weapon. Photo Lockheed Martin

 

Oct 6, 2015 by Richard Tomkins. (UPI)

 

Bothell, Wash - A modular, high-power laser is being built for use from a U.S. Army vehicle by Lockheed Martin.

 

The 60-kilowatt fiber modules system is the first of a new generation of lasers that enters production this month at the company's facility in Washington State.

 

The system's modular laser design will allow the laser's power to be varied across a wide range -- from 60 kW to 120 kW -- depending on the specific mission and threat, Lockheed Martin said.

 

"A robust laser system with minimal operational down-time results from the integration of modular fiber-based lasers," said Iain Mckinnie, business development lead for Laser Sensors and Systems, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training. "With modular lasers, the possibility of a complete system failure due to a single-point disruption is dramatically lessened."

 

Lockheed Martin said its laser combines multiple fiber modules to generate an intense laser beam. The layered approach reduces the chance for mission disruption as a result of a component failure, maintenance or repair time is also reduced.

 

"Laser weapons provide a compliment to traditional kinetic weapons in the battlefield," Lockheed Martin said. "In the future, they will offer reliable protection against threats such as swarms of drones or large numbers of rockets and mortars."

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A Sniper targeting pod attached to a U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber. U.S. Air Force photo.

A Sniper targeting pod attached to a U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber. U.S. Air Force photo.

 

Oct. 6, 2015 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods from Lockheed Martin are being supplied to the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

 

ORLANDO, Fla -- The Royal Netherlands Air Force is to equip its fleet of F-16 aircraft with Sniper advanced targeting pods from Lockheed Martin. A contract for 29 of the multi-mission systems was issued through the Netherlands Defense Materiel Organization and includes support equipment, training and sustainment. "Expedited delivery will enable the Royal Netherlands Air Force to rapidly deploy Sniper ATP to support current mission requirements," said Rich Lovette, director of Sniper international programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Maintaining a high availability rate through our award-winning sustainment program will also ensure the Sniper ATPs remain operational for warfighters."

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U.S. Air Force Major Kevin Hall goes through his pre-flight checks before flying an F-35A at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Hall is an F-35 test pilot. Photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua D. King/USAF

U.S. Air Force Major Kevin Hall goes through his pre-flight checks before flying an F-35A at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Hall is an F-35 test pilot. Photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua D. King/USAF

 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI)

 

U.S. lawmakers and defense officials are concerned as more tests on the F-35 joint-strike fighter reveal more complications than they thought.

Defense News reports the concerns stem from the testing of the new Martin-Baker US16E ejection seat system, which testers discovered may put pilots at risk of fatal injury. During the tests, ejections performed during low-speed flights showed test dummies snapping their necks.

Test results revealed that when lighter pilots are operating the F-35, the Martin-Baker seats rotate too much. The U.S. military now prohibits pilots weighting under 136 pounds from operating the F-35.

In response to the potentially grim test results, some lawmakers are calling for increased oversight of the joint-strike fighter program. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said the Pentagon is erroneously rushing the program.

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Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 MSE interceptor at launch. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 MSE interceptor at launch. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

 

Oct. 6, 2015 By Richard Tomkins (UPI)

 

Lockheed Martin delivers first enhanced PAC-3 missile interceptors to the U.S. Army.

 

DALLAS-- The U.S. Army has received its first enhanced range and improved mobility Patriot 3 interceptor missiles from Lockheed Martin. The Patriot Advanced Capability Missile Segment Enhancement, or PAC-3 MSE, interceptors were delivered Oct. 5, the company said, but the number involved was not disclosed. "We are proud to deliver these interceptors to the U.S. Army and are confident the men and women of the armed forces can count on the PAC-3 MSE when it matters most," said Scott Arnold, vice president of PAC-3 programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

 

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Falcon III radio Photo Harris Corporation

Falcon III radio Photo Harris Corporation

 

5 October 2015 army-technology.com

 

Harris has secured a contract to supply a new specialised, handheld, tactical communication system to the US Special Operations Forces (SOF).

 

Awarded by the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), the $390m single-source, indefinite delivery/quantity contract consists of a five-year base period and one-year option. Under the contract, the company will deliver new integrated two-channel, handheld radios as part of the SOF Tactical Communications (STC) programme. The STC handheld radio combines communications and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to meet the SOF's unique mission requirements in the harshest environments. Designed to address rigorous requirements for small, lightweight, multiband, multifunction, multimission tactical radios, the STC platform can be upgraded easily and features built-in backward interoperability to communicate over conventional networks.

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Douze clusters s'unissent pour soutenir l'industrie européenne de la microélectronique

 

07 octobre 2015 par  Jacques Marouani - electroniques.biz

 

Une nouvelle organisation, baptisée Alliance Silicon Europe, aura pour but de soutenir l’industrie européenne de la microélectronique et du numérique pour renforcer sa position à l’échelle mondiale, en lien avec l’ambition fixée par la Commission Européenne. Deux pôles de compétitivité français, Minalogic et SCS, en font partie.

 

Une nouvelle organisation européenne, l’Alliance Silicon Europe, qui regroupe 12 clusters européens du numérique couvrant toute la chaîne de la valeur de la micro-électronique, et rassemblant 2000 acteurs de l’industrie et de la recherche, vient d'être lancée à l'occasion du salon Semicon Europa. Un plan d’actions commun a été annoncé, visant à générer de nouveaux partenariats d'affaires et de R&D à l’échelle européenne, et à assurer la visibilité d’une industrie européenne clé pour les secteurs applicatifs.

Les six pôles européens fondateurs sont Silicon Saxony (Allemagne), Minalogic (France / Rhône-Alpes), High-Tech NL et BCS NL (Pays-Bas), DSP Valley (Belgique) et Me2c (Autriche). Ils ont été rejoints par 6 nouveaux clusters : NMI (Royaume-Uni), MIDAS (Irlande), mi-Cluster (Grèce), SCS (France / Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur), GAIA (Espagne) et la Fondation Distretto Green and Hi-Tech of Monza Brianza (Italie). Peter Simkens, directeur du cluster DSP Valley, et Isabelle Guillaume, déléguée générale de Minalogic, ont été élus respectivement président et vice-présidente de l’Alliance Silicon Europe.

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Desert Wolf adding grenades to Skunk riot control UAV

A Desert Wolf Skunk UAV.

 

07 October 2015 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb

 

Local surveillance company Desert Wolf is adding grenades to its Skunk riot control unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which is currently being manufactured with four paintball markers.

 

Hennie Kieser, Director of Desert Wolf, told defenceWeb that the non-lethal grenades are being supplied by a company in South America and will be available in a number of different formats, including smoke, flash-bang, tear gas etc. Up to 48 grenades can be carried by the upgraded Skunk GL UAV.

 

The grenades will be dropped over crowds and descend via parachute, minimising collateral damage on the ground and allowing the smoke to spread from above.

 

The South American company commissioned development of the grenade version of the Skunk, which will be marketed jointly by both it and Desert Wolf.

 

Kieser said he expected test flights and customer acceptance of the grenade version by the end of December. Photos and videos of the Skunk GL will be made available in the next 6-8 weeks.

 

Desert Wolf is currently manufacturing its Skunk UAV in Europe. This version is fitted with four paintball markers able to fire a variety of different rounds, from hard plastic to pepper spray. Manufacturing is underway for seven different customers, which have ordered some 400 airframes. Two batches of aircraft have already been shipped and pilots trained. These seven orders should be completed by year-end, Kieser said.

 

The skunk riot control UAV is being developed into a whole family that can be used for a variety of duties, such as search and rescue, surveillance, LIDAR scanning and lifeguard.

 

The Skunk multirotor, armed with four paintball markers, cameras and a loudhailer, was unveiled at the IFSEC security exhibition in Johannesburg in May last year, where it generated a considerable amount of interest both locally and abroad.

 

The Skunk has evolved into the Skunk II. It features two high definition colour cameras, a thermal camera for night operations, spot/strobe lights, eye-safe pulsating lasers, speakers, police sirens and flashing blue lights and four paintball markers.

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First Chinese corvette for Algeria heads home

 

07 October 2015 by defenceWeb

 

The first of three C28A corvettes for the Algerian Navy is on its way home to North Africa, and is currently docked in Malaysia for rest and replenishment.

 

The corvette, named Adhafer (920) docked at the Boustead Cruise Centre (BCC) at Port Klang yesterday morning, according to the Royal Malaysian Navy. It will be docked there until Thursday to replenish supplies and rest before continuing on its way to Algeria.

 

The vessel is commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Ali Yahi. The Royal Malaysian Navy said that 20 contractors from China's Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group are accompanying the vessel’s crew of 120. Malaysian naval officers were due to inspect the Adhafer but this is apparently no longer the case. The type had earlier this year been offered to the Royal Malaysian Navy.

 

The other two C28A corvettes are due for delivery to Algeria in 2016 and 2017. According to Want China Times, China and Algeria are discussing the possibility of supplying another three C28A corvettes.

 

Adhafer began sea trials in August this year - delivery to the Algerian Navy was originally scheduled for May. Algeria signed a contract for the three C28A corvettes in March 2012. The first vessel (920) was launched on August 16 last year and the second corvette (921) was launched in February this year.

 

The corvettes are armed with a 76 mm main gun, FM-90N launcher for HQ-7 surface-to-air missiles and YJ-82/C-802 anti-ship missiles. Once in Algeria the vessels will be fitted with Thales Smart-S Mk 2 radar and command, control, and communication systems. When the second vessel (921) was launched in February, it was fitted with two Type 730 series close-in weapon system (CIWS) turrets.

 

The C28A corvettes are around 120 metres long, 14.4 metres wide and have a draft of 3.87 metres. They displace about 2 880 tons fully loaded, and are powered by MTU diesel engines, giving a top speed of 27 knots. They feature some stealth in their design, including the placement of the exhausts towards their waterline to reduce infrared signature.

 

Algeria’s navy is set to expand significantly in the near future as it receives a number of new vessels, including two Meko A-200AN frigates by 2018 and two Project 636 Varshavyanka (Kilo class) diesel electric submarines from Admiralty Shipyards in Russia, also in 2018.

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Offshore Patrol Vessel

Offshore Patrol Vessel

 

7 October 2015 Ministry of Defence and Philip Dunne MP

 

Construction of the final Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) took an important step forward today.

Construction of the final Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) took an important step forward today, as the Minister of State for Defence Procurement started a computer-guided laser to cut the first piece of hull.

During a visit to BAE Systems’ Govan yard in Glasgow, Defence Minister Philip Dunne saw progress on the build of the first and second OPVs and met members of the workforce on a programme that has protected more than 800 Scottish jobs.

HMS Trent is the third of three Offshore Patrol Vessels which will begin joining the fleet in 2017. Alongside HMS Forth and HMS Medway, HMS Trent will go on to take part in counter terrorism, combating piracy, halting smuggling and defending UK waters.

The vessels are being built at BAE Systems’ shipyards on the Clyde as part of a £348 million contract.

Defence Minister, Philip Dunne, said:

These new ships will provide an important capability to the Royal Navy and our Armed Forces‎. They will perform vital tasks in defending the nation’s interests around the world.

This investment forms part of over £160 billion in our 10 year Equipment Plan which is funded out of the newly protected Defence budget.

Manufacture of these ships sustains over 800 quality engineering jobs here in Scotland, ensuring that the shipyards on the Clyde continue to sit at the heart of a thriving naval shipbuilding capability. They are paving the way for work to begin on our new T26 frigates next year.

This third generation of River-class patrol ship is expected to displace approximately 1,800 tonnes, be about 90m long and 13m wide and have a range of over 5,000 nautical miles.

Director Ships Support at the MOD’s Defence, Equipment and Support organisation, Neal Lawson, said:

HMS Trent, along with HMS Forth and HMS Medway, will provide the Royal Navy with the flexibility to operate in a wide variety of roles in UK waters and overseas. More capable than the existing River class, they will have a flight deck to take the latest Merlin helicopters, fire fighting equipment, and increased storage capacity and accommodation.

But the importance of this programme is not only that the OPVs will have the latest technology in new ships, but also that the build programme acts as a stepping stone to work on our future multi-mission warship, the Type 26 Global Combat Ship.

Construction of the first two ships, HMS Forth and HMS Medway, is already well underway.

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Thales Alenia Space openes a new optical integration production facility in Cannes. Photo Thales Group.

Thales Alenia Space openes a new optical integration production facility in Cannes. Photo Thales Group.

 

5 October 2015 by Thales group

 

Thales, Cannes - European aerospace manufacturer Thales Alenia Space has opened a new optical integration production facility in Cannes.

 

The facility will be used for the integration and testing of optical observation instruments that will help present optical observation programmes of the company, which is based in Cannes.

 

Additionally, it will also help develop the export market for high-resolution systems of Thales Alenia Space.

 

The new building is spread across an area of 1,500m² with four separate integration zones to handle four satellites simultaneously.

 

It also has strictly controlled clean rooms, an airlock entrance, control rooms and machine rooms.

"It will also help develop the export market for high-resolution systems of Thales Alenia Space."

 

The clean rooms conduct the optical test bench assembly and thermal chamber used to measure optical performance without outside disturbances such as air turbulence and vibrations. The rooms have an area of 300m² and 500m².

 

Expansion of the building is part of its Odyssée programme, which started to expand the Cannes production site in 2008.

 

Thales Alenia Space said that its satellite demand, especially optical observation satellites is growing, as countries want their own systems to gather high-precision intelligence photos independently.

 

Thales has also invested €8m as part of its strategic plan, which aims to increase satellite export sales, mainly optical observation models.

 

Thales Alenia Space is a joint venture between Thales and Finmeccanica with each having a respective stake of 67% and 33%.

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The new LM14 low cost armoured personnel carrier. LMT photo

The new LM14 low cost armoured personnel carrier. LMT photo

 

06 October 2015 by Guy Martin - defenceWeb

 

Land Mobility Technologies (LMT) will officially unveil its new LM14 cost effective armoured personnel carrier (APC) next month at the South African Army’s annual infantry conference.

 

The company funded LM14 is a completely new design that was developed in response to a need for a cost effective solution aimed at the African market as well as the United Nations and South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

 

Development began on 26 January, with design and development being concluded in nine months. The first vehicle rolled out of the prototype shop on 16 September. At the moment LMT is busy with certification of the vehicle and will go into production as soon as a first order is received.

 

Vinesh Selvan, Head of Business Development at LMT, told defenceWeb that the market for the vehicle is of a significant size as there appears a genuine demand for low cost APCs and the company has already had some expressions of interest from certain parties.

 

The LM14 is a candidate to meet the South African Army’s Project Sepula to replace some of its aging armoured vehicles, particularly Casspirs and Mambas, although this project is currently stalled.

 

The LM14 carries eight troops in addition to a driver, commander and a gunner, with all ten having firing ports. Turrets can be mounted on top – at the moment the prototype is fitted with a manned .50 Browning machinegun mount on the roof. The vehicle is ballistically and mine protected.

 

In addition to armoured personnel carrier configuration, the LM14 is also offered in armoured ambulance and command and control configurations.

 

LMT developed three new vehicles (the LM8 special operations vehicle, LM13 Multi-purpose combat vehicle and LM18 Protected transport vehicle) for a country in the Middle East and is currently working on another two new vehicles. It is also doing some design work for countries in the Middle East.

 

LMT specialises in ballistic, landmine and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) protection and the integration of these protection technologies into armoured vehicles, and has the ability to design and manufacture mine-protected vehicles with amongst others, flat or semi-flat floor mine protection. Vehicles with this technology are generally lower and more spacious than vehicles with a conventional V-hull design and have a smaller profile.

 

LMT designed and qualified the flat floor landmine protection for the South African Army’s new Badger infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs). Among LMT’s other products are the Gecko 8x8 tactical vehicle, used by the South African National Defence Force, armoured truck cabs, the AV55 light-protected vehicle and explosive ordnance disposal vehicles. LMT’s protected cabs are manufactured for Mercedes Benz in Germany and used by at least three NATO countries in areas such as Afghanistan. The company recently supplied more than 130 armoured cabs to Mercedes Benz.

 

Denel Group has a majority stake in LMT Holdings. The acquisition of LMT in 2012 expanded Denel’s range of vehicles and products, adding a capacity for mine-protected vehicles, hulls and cabs as well as product testing, simulations, maintenance and support of other products within the Denel Group.

 

For the 2014/15 financial year, LMT earned revenues of R231 million, up from R110 million the year before. Earnings before interest and taxation (EBIT) amounted to R13 million, up 225% from R4 million the year before and R6 million in 2013. Export revenues rose dramatically from R60 to 205 million, while employee numbers also rose from 135 to 285 for the 2015 financial year, according to the 2015 Denel annual report.

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CEPOVETT fabriquera 480 000 nouveaux sacs pour l’Armée française

CEPOVETT livrera 480 000 nouveaux sacs à l'armée de Terre pendant les 4 prochaines années (Crédit: ministère de la Défense)

 

6 octobre, 2015 Nathan Gain (FOB)

 

Le groupe CEPOVETT, leader européen du vêtement professionnel, s’est récemment vu confier la création et la confection de plus de 480 000 sacs destinés à l’Armée française. Au travers de sa filiale CEPOVETT Technologies, le groupe lyonnais, réalisera donc de nouveaux sacs de combat, optimisés tant au niveau technique qu’au point de vue de l’ergonomie.

 

Cet appel d’offre, remporté le mois passé, aboutira à la livraison de 300 000 sacs de 45 litres et de 180 000 sacs de 30 litres. La réalisation de ce contrat, dont le montant avoisine les 35 millions d’euros, devrait s’étaler sur les quatre prochaines années.

 

Résultant de 9 mois d’étude et de recherche basées sur le cahier des charges imposé, les sacs créés par les équipes de CEPOVETT présentent un poids amoindri de 700 grammes par rapport à leurs prédécesseurs. Pour accomplir cette prouesse, CEPOVETT et TECPACK, filiale de CEPOVETT spécialisée dans la bagagerie à destination des Armées, ont du faire preuve d’innovation en usant, notamment, d’un tissu et d’une bouclerie allégés. Un système d’hydratation anti-bactérien a également été utilisé afin de lutter contre les éventuelles maladies. Le système de portage est entièrement réglable, permettant au soldat d’adapter le sac à sa morphologie en ajustant la ceinture et les bretelles. Enfin, les dimensionnements et positionnements des coussins lombaires dorsaux ont été l’objet d’une étude poussée, afin d’assurer un confort optimal, même en cas de lourde charge (le sac de 45 litres peut transporter jusqu’à 35 kg de matériel), et de permettre l’évacuation de la transpiration.

 

D’après CEPOVETT, les premières livraisons sont prévues pour la fin de cette année.

 

Non contente d’offrir un confort et une ergonomie supplémentaires aux soldats français, cette réalisation technique est également source de nouveaux emplois au profit de la région lyonnaise.

 

Après avoir remporté, en 2009, le précédent marché des sacs de combat destinés aux forces françaises, CEPOVETT Technologies et TECPACK confirment à nouveau leur compétence et leur expertise dans la confection de textile militaire.

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Global aerospace and defence outlook trends

 

05 October 2015 by ADIT - The Bulletin



According to the latest KPMG Global Aerospace and Defence Outlook, firms in the Aerospace & Defence (A&D) sector are focusing on two axes: driving growth and managing cost savings.

The report is based on 68 top executives’ interviews. 53% of them prioritize sales growth; 47% cite reducing their cost structure; while maintaining their business model competitive is a top challenge for 38% of the senior executives and efforts to develop R&D is the second challenge for 32% of them.

“With growth remaining slow and prices under continued pressure, A&D organizations are looking ahead for untapped growth opportunities and then working to prepare the groundwork for future campaigns and opportunities”, said KPMG’s Global Head of A&D.

In order to do so, many respondents are looking to foreign markets to seize growth opportunities. Indeed, more than 25% of the participants said they would penetrate new geographic markets through acquisitions, JVs or alliances, and 13% declared they would rebalance their worldwide footprint. Other firms will also adapt their existing products and services to fulfil the requirements of these new markets, through assessments in culture, business behaviuors and governance structures. Furthermore, “it will be important for A&D organizations to apply more rigorous integrated business planning techniques so that revenue, investment, cost and profit are tightly coupled from both a financial and operational perspective as opportunities will emerge and vary both in timing and scale from expectation,” added a U.S. KPMG partner.

Another key-diver for growth is investments in R&D in order to seek new technologies and services. 50% of the respondents mentioned they expected new manufacturing technologies to drive future growth and innovation. The proportion of A&D organizations that claimed they would spend more than 6 % of their revenues on R&D over the next 2 years would increase from 28% to 41%. They cite for instance the commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) market, the cyber security market and the various private Low Earth Orbit programmes as recent technological breaks on which they have to intensify R&D spending (46% of the participants said they would increase them to drive innovation).

In order to meet the two challenges of sales growth and cost management, A&D companies are reorganizing their supply chains. 55% of the respondents said they are focused on lowering costs and working capital levels across the supply chain. A third said that restructuring the supply chain to support growth is a top priority this year. 33% also claimed they would segment supply chain assets and process based on specific product demand profiles. Globally, the top executives of the sector intend to improve their supply chain flexibility and responsiveness. “We are seeing an increased focus on consolidating the buy capability and rationalizing spend in order to manage inventory at a more centralized level”, declared a U.S. KPMG Advisory Managing Director.

Although supplier capacity and risk are high on the A&D agenda as second and third greatest supply chain challenges, the visibility remains low. Indeed, only 10 % of A&D competitors reported that they had complete visibility and 40 % admitted they only had limited visibility. “Indeed, we see this lack of visibility as one of the greatest risks facing A&D organizations today from a delivery standpoint and a clear limitation on their ability to drive true and sustainable cost savings from the supply chain.”

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Norwegian Army has been receiving training equipment from Saab since 2003. Photo Saab AB

Norwegian Army has been receiving training equipment from Saab since 2003. Photo Saab AB

 

01 October 2015 Saab Press release

 

Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) to supply the Norwegian Combat Training Centre with advanced training and simulation systems, plus support. The order amounts to SEK141 million and delivery will be from 2016 to 2020.

 

Saab’s business unit Training and Simulation has supplied the Norwegian Army with training equipment since 2003. Today’s order is a continuation of the existing service contract but also includes an upgrade of the training facility. The Norwegian Army will be the first customer to receive Saab’s new generation sight simulator unit for vehicles, ensuring a more realistic training experience.

 

“NDLO is pleased to continue the good cooperation we have had with Saab for several years. This ensures access to advanced training for the Norwegian Army,” says Brigadier Bjarne Nermo, head of NDLO Land Systems Division.

 

“We are very happy to continue our long and close cooperation with the Norwegian Army. Together we will expand and improve the current training capabilities at the Norwegian Combat Training Centre,” says Dag Wikören, head of marketing and sales for Saab in Norway.

 

The Norwegian Combat Training Centre consists of a complete battalion-level training system for soldiers, vehicles, anti-tank weapons along with a first-class exercise control system.

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Artisan 3D fitting to HMS Queen Elizabeth


6 oct. 2015 by BAE Systems

 

Our cutting-edge 3D radar system, capable of detecting objects as small as a tennis ball and travelling at three times the speed of sound more than 25Km away, has been successfully installed to the Royal Navy’s future aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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CSIR to develop black EW and radar SMMEs

CSIR to develop black EW and radar SMMEs

 

05 October 2015 by defenceWeb

 

The CSIR is going to implement a radar and electronic warfare transformative enterprise development (REWTED) programme with the aim of transforming and developing black-owned small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the radar and electronic warfare (REW) sector of the defence industry.

 

According to the scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisation the strategic intent of the programme is to support the National Development Programme's goals and drive socio-economic transformation towards a knowledge based economy.

 

The REWTED programme can be seen as an extension of the Department of Defence's broad socio-economic transformation mandate to transform South Africa's defence sector. Its focus will be transformation of the South African REW sector by supporting previously marginalised black-owned SMMEs.

 

The REW Industry Support Strategy Implementation Plan will accelerate and support industry development for economic growth and further enable the REW black-owned SMMEs to actively participate in the national and regional defence economy a CSIR statement said. The REWTED programme will consist of two parallel tracks - technology development and enterprise development, concentrating on the long-term sustainability of the business.

 

Technology development will be based on the technology driven innovation model, which entails the development of new REW core technologies as well as the generation and creation of new knowledge using scientific breakthroughs. The model also supports strategic management of innovation as full innovation processes, emphasising that all innovation stems from scientific breakthroughs. The development of new technology should also include finding viable technology commercialisation opportunities.

 

No timeline has been given and further information can be obtained from pnaidoo1@csir.co.za.

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Giraffe AMB photo Saab

Giraffe AMB photo Saab

 

01 October 2015 Saab Press release

 

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract to supply the Australian Defence Force with Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar System (C-RAM) support with a contract value of approximately $AUD 26.4m (approximately SEK 168 million). The initial contract period includes the establishment period and three years of support services thereafter, with options of up to five 12-month extensions, that could take the contract period up to July 2024.

 

C-RAM is an essential capability to protect friendly forces from hostile fire. C-RAM sensors provide detection and warning against small, mobile and hard-to-find threats such as rocket and mortar fire. The C-RAM capability components to be supported under this contact are Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam (AMB) radar, Giraffe Training Simulator and a Lightweight-Counter Mortar Radar. The contract follows the 2010 procurement of Saab’s Giraffe AMB and Giraffe Training System Mission Systems to support Australian troops during Operation ‘Slipper’ in Afghanistan.

 

“The Giraffe AMB radar maintained an operational availability of 98.5 per cent in Afghanistan and was the first layer of defence against insurgent rocket attacks for the Australian led coalition base at Tarin Kot,” says Dean Rosenfield, Managing Director of Saab Australia.

 

“This contract is a boost to local industry with additional positions through the period of the contract to manage the Australian sub-supplier network and deep maintenance services from our headquarters in Adelaide”, says Rosenfield.

 

Adelaide-based, Saab Australia will lead an In-Service Support team which includes Saab in Gothenburg, Sweden and SRCTec, LLC in Syracuse,USA.

 

“Saab’s global radar operations are now growing in Australia. Our Australian staff has the full backing of Saab in Sweden in our proven through-life support of the Giraffe AMB. It is a solution shared by many Giraffe AMB customers and includes global logistics and supply, comprehensive training, maintenance and engineering. This contract also proves that Saab has the competence to be able to support radar systems from other OEMs”, says Anders Linder, Head of Saab business unit Surface Radar Solutions.

 

SRCTec has been sub-contracted to provide through-life support to the AN/TPQ-49 Lightweight-Counter Mortar Radar. Saab Australia will manage the support program, including the establishment and delivery of support services and support to the introduction-into-service requirements, associated with the three C-RAM capability components.

 

The C-RAM capability is intended to be absorbed into the wider Australian Defence Force ground based air and missile defence capability.

 

Headquartered in Adelaide, Saab Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saab AB, providing defence, security and traffic management solutions. With over 300 experienced staff across Australia and New Zealand, and a reputation for achieving complex systems integration projects on time, Saab Australia has proven its capabilities over more than 26 years.

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Lockheed Martin à la recherche d'économies

 

05/10/15 capital.fr (AOF)

 

Selon une source proche des discussions citée par Reuters, Lockheed Martin envisage de fusionner certaines de ses activités dans l'informatique et les services avec celles d'un autre acteur du secteur américain de l'armement, dont le nom n'a pas filtré. Le groupe de défense recherche des pistes d'économies après le rachat à United Technologies de sa filiale d'hélicoptères Sikorsky pour neuf milliards de dollars.

 

Une information qui intervient après que le Pentagone a mis en garde jeudi contre une consolidation excessive dans le secteur de l'armement aux Etats-Unis en faisant valoir qu'une diminution du nombre des acteurs conduirait à une inflation des coûts.

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photo US Army RDECOM

photo US Army RDECOM

 

October 5, 2015 By Patrick Tucker

 

A researcher at the service’s Weapons and Materials Directorate lays out a vision for additive printers on the battlefield.

 

If you go by the Hype Cycle — Gartner’s annual tech-buzz assessment — then consumer 3D printing is about to tumble from the “peak of inflated expectations” into the “trough of disillusionment,” part of the coming five- to 10-year slog to the practical applications that await atop the “plateau of productivity.” But Larry “L.J.” Holmes, the principal investigator for materials and technology development in additive manufacturing at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, (ARL) isn’t waiting around for that.

In a presentation last month at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance summit, Holmes sketched out a variety of potential uses for 3D printing for the military, ranging from intelligence to communications to terraforming the battlefield. Here are a few highlights.

 

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Défense : Thales gagne un très gros contrat en Australie

Thales va livrer à la Force de défense australienne 1.100 véhicules tactique 4/4 Hawkei et plus de 1.000 remorques. (Crédits : Thales Australia)

 

05/10/2015 Par Michel Cabirol –LaTribune.fr

 

Thales décroche un contrat de 820 millions d'euros en Australie. Il va équiper la Force de défense australienne d'un véhicule tactique 4/4, le Hawkei.

 

Thales a signé en Australie un contrat de 1,3 milliard de dollars australiens (soit environ 820 millions d'euros) dans le cadre du programme "Land 121". Le groupe va fournir à la Force de défense australienne (ADF) un véhicule tactique léger 4x4 le Hawkei (7 tonnes). Les premières livraisons des 1.100 véhicules et plus de 1.000 remorques, sont attendues à la fin de 2017. A 09h05, l'action Thales gagnait 2,68% à 64,30 euros.

La phase de production, d'une durée de trois ans et demi, doit commencer mi-2017. Le Hawkei, qui doit son nom au serpent éponyme l'un des plus venimeux au monde, a été développé en partenariat avec Boeing Defence Australia, PAC Group et le groupe israélien Plasan, principal fournisseur de solutions de protection. Selon le quotidien "The Australian", le Hawkei de Thales était notamment en concurrence avec le Force Protection conçu par le groupe américain General Dynamics.

"Le Hawkei est un véhicule qui offre de multiples capacités et qui va servir l'Australie pour de nombreuses années, a expliqué le PDG de Thales, Patrice Caine dans un communiqué publié dans la nuit de dimanche à lundi.

 

Une aubaine pour l'économie australienne

La commande a été diminuée à 1.100 Hawkei. Initialement l'appel d'offre avait fixé une cible de 1.300 exemplaires afin de remplacer la flotte de Land Rover, qui équipe actuellement les forces terrestres australiennes. Le Premier ministre australien, Michael Turnbull, a expliqué lors d'une conférence de presse que ce contrat allait bénéficier à l'économie locale au moment où l'Australie cherche de nouveaux moteurs de croissance après la fin du boom minier.

La commande va permettre la création de 170 emplois directs et de 60 emplois indirects. Le Hawkei est fabriqué par Thales Australia à Bendigo dans l'état de Victoria. Depuis 2004, Thales fabrique en Australie les blindés Bushmaster destinés à l'armée australienne comme à l'exportation. Ce véhicule, déployé en Irak et en Afghanistan, a été vendu dans plusieurs pays, parmi lesquels le Japon et les Pays-Bas.

 

Sur les traces du Bushmaster

Ce sera, selon Thales, "le véhicule le plus récent de la la flotte de véhicules protégés dont dispose l'ADF". Pouvant embarquer six combattants, le Hawkei qui est également proposé à la Pologne, "roule dans les traces du Bushmaster, un plus gros véhicule". Les soldats en opération vont bénéficier de la protection et de la mobilité accrues que leur assure ce puissant véhicule pouvant être adapté à différentes missions, selon Thales. Conçu pour un déploiement aéromobile rapide, le Hawkei permet d'exécuter plusieurs missions grâce à ces différentes versions : commandement, reconnaissance, liaison et transport.

En 2013, Thales avait livré six véhicules Hawkei au ministère australien de la Défense, dans le cadre du deuxième volet du programme Land 121 Phase 4, au titre de l'option Manufactured and Supported in Australia. Comprenant deux variantes de commandement, deux transporteurs et deux unités de reconnaissance, auxquelles s'ajoutait une remorque, ces véhicules ont fait l'objet d'un vaste programme d'essais sur une distance totale de 130.000 km. Il s'agira du seul véhicule de l'armée de terre australienne susceptible d'être transporté par hélicoptère, selon un communiqué de Michael Turnbull, qui a récemment pris les commandes du gouvernement à la faveur d'un putsch au sommet du parti conservateur au pouvoir.

 

L'Australie modernise son armée

Membre de la coalition emmenée par les Etats-Unis qui mène des frappes aériennes en Syrie et en Irak contre des cibles de l'organisation Etat islamique, l'Australie s'est engagée depuis plusieurs mois dans la modernisation de ses forces armées. Toutefois Michael Turnbull a expliqué que le contrat signé avec Thales ne signifiait pas que son pays veuille s'impliquer davantage dans les conflits mondiaux. "Ce n'est pas le signal que je veux envoyer", a-t-il expliqué lors de la conférence de presse.

Outre les véhicules blindés Hawkei, le gouvernement australien veut renouveler sa flotte de sous-marins, un méga-contrat à 31 milliards d'euros pour lequel le groupe naval DCNS accompagné de ses sous-traitants, dont Thales, est sur les rangs. L'année dernière, le gouvernement avait renforcé l'armée de l'air avec l'achat pour 12,4 milliards de dollars de 58 avions de chasse américains F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.

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Parrot Airinov drone

Parrot Airinov drone

 

05 octobre 2015 par  Jacques Marouani - electroniques.biz

 

Le marché des drones se consolide peu à peu avec notamment le français Parrot qui a beaucoup investi dans ce domaine.

 

Au fur et à mesure que de nouvelles applications sont trouvées pour les drones civils, le marché se recompose peu à peu. Après avoir été vendue au groupe Viva Santé, celui-ci a vendu 90% des parts de Fly'n'Sens à Delta Drone. Ce rapprochement résulte du constat de nombreuses synergies existant entre les deux entités. Ainsi Fly'n'Sens apporte au nouvel ensemble son positionnement reconnu dans le secteur de la prévention et la surveillance des incendies de forêts, ainsi que dans le domaine de la viticulture.

 

Quant à Parrot, il a investi 1,6 million d’euros dans Airinov, société leader du drone au service de l’agriculture, en février 2014, et en juillet dernier, il a augmenté sa participation et détient désormais 53.1% des parts de l’entreprise, portant le montant total dédié à Airinov à plus de 9 millions d’euros.

 

Ce partenariat stratégique et économique est parti pour durer. Airinov souhaite notamment renforcer ses liens avec les autres sociétés du groupe (senseFLy et pix4D), afin de permettre au groupe Parrot d’asseoir sa position de leader mondial du drone civil.

 

En effet, Parrot a pris 51% du capital de l’Américain MicaSense, un spécialiste des drones pour l’agriculture de précision, et 45% du capital de l'Américain Iconem, spécialisé dans la conservation numérique des sites archéologiques.

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First Lady Michelle Obama to Christen Submarine Illinois on Saturday, Oct. 10

 

GROTON, Conn., Oct. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire

 

First Lady Michelle Obama joins General Dynamics Electric Boat in christening Illinois (SSN-786), the U.S. Navy's newest and most advanced nuclear attack submarine, at a ceremony here Saturday, Oct. 10, at 11 a.m. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

 

First Lady Michelle Obama is the ship's sponsor and participated in the keel laying of the Illinois in 2014. The christening's principal speaker is Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

The submarine Illinois is the 13th ship of the Virginia class, the first U.S. Navy combatants designed for the post-Cold War era. Unobtrusive, non-provocative and connected with land, air, sea and space-based assets, Illinois and the other Virginia-class submarines are equipped to wage multi-dimensional warfare around the globe, providing the U.S. Navy with continued dominance in coastal waters or the open ocean.

With its construction partner Newport News Shipbuilding, Electric Boat has delivered 12 Virginia-class submarines; another nine are under construction.

A live video and audio webcast of the Illinois christening will be accessible online at: www.ebchristenings.com. Webcast coverage will begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. EDT; the ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at approximately 12:15 p.m. The program will be available for on-demand replay for one week, beginning at approximately 2:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday.

Attendance is by invitation only.

More information about the christening is available at www.ebchristenings.com. More information about General Dynamics Electric Boat is available at www.gdeb.com.

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A Polish Rosomak armored vehicle patrols a street in Ghazni, Afghanistan, Nov. 18, 2010 - photo US Army

A Polish Rosomak armored vehicle patrols a street in Ghazni, Afghanistan, Nov. 18, 2010 - photo US Army

 

October 4, 2015 By Jaroslaw Adamowski - Defense News

 

WARSAW — Poland’s Defense Ministry launched its much-awaited Regional Security Assistance Program to help Eastern European armament efforts by providing government, bank and export loans to purchase equipment, and through non-commercial transfers of weapons. The move comes as many regional countries are increasing their defense spending and announcing new programs following Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine. Poland’s Defense Ministry said that by 2022, the program is expected to boost defense and industrial cooperation with the Visegrad Group countries — Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic — as well as Romania, Bulgaria and the three Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The amount of the funds that are to be made available to these countries has not been disclosed yet. One of the first procurements to benefit could be Slovakia’s plan to acquire 30 eight-wheel-drive Rosomak armored modular vehicles from Polish state-run manufacturer Rosomak. The vehicle is produced in Poland under a license obtained from Finland’s Patria. Meanwhile, local analysts said the move is part of a comprehensive strategy by Poland to enhance regional defense and security cooperation.

 

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Bangladesh Air Force received Yak-130 Aircraft from Russia

 

Oct 4, 2015 By Dylan Vosman - defence-blog.com

 

Russia has started the delivery process of the first batch of Yakovlev Yak-130 combat trainer aircraft (NATO reporting name Mitten) to Bangladesh, reports UNB. Though the delivery process, according to Russian News Agency—TASS, scheduled to start on September 17, sources at Shah Amanat International Airport on Sunday night said they have seen the landing of three Yakovlev Yak-130 combat trainer aircraft among the first batch of six.

 

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